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Most Income Equality: 8,385thMost Politically Free: 8,448thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 8,798th
The Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Equality, Solidarity and Unity make strength
Influence
Unproven
Civil Rights
Excessive
Economy
Struggling
Political Freedom
Excessive

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Varstardberg

Population18 million

CurrencyGlein
AnimalEagle

The Republic of Varstardberg is a tiny, environmentally stunning nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws, suspicion of poets, and devotion to social welfare. The democratic population of 18 million Varstardbergians are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The large, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Welfare, Education, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 60.2%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The struggling Varstardbergian economy, worth 288 billion Gleins a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, quite specialized black market in Information Technology, Pizza Delivery, Basket Weaving, and Furniture Restoration. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 16,027 Gleins, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The navy is chrome-plating its battleships to prevent rust, older citizens lament over the loss of law and order, sections of the police receive paramilitary training, and attendance of fathers at PTA meetings is at an all-time high. Crime is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Varstardberg's national animal is the Eagle, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies.

Varstardberg is ranked 134,155th in the world and 7,185th in The North Pacific for Largest Agricultural Sector, scoring -5.34 on the Mu-Bah-Daggs Productivity Index.

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Most Income Equality: 8,385thMost Politically Free: 8,448thTop
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Most Extensive Civil Rights: 8,798thMost Extreme: 9,985thHighest Drug Use: 15,897th
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Most Politically Free: 173rd in the regionMost Extensive Civil Rights: 325th in the regionMost Extreme: 341st in the regionMost Income Equality: 419th in the regionTop
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Highest Drug Use: 647th in the region

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